New Buc-ee’s approved by Marion County leaders

Development would be near I-75, north of Ocala

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Buc-ee’s is one step closer to opening another Central Florida location.

Leaders in Marion County approved a plan Tuesday to approve a new Buc-ee’s gas station.

The proposed development, near Interstate 75, north of Ocala, would feature an 80,000-square-foot travel center, with 120 gas pumps.

It would be the third Buc-ee’s in Florida.

Commissioners did express concerns over the traffic it would bring to the area but said they will work with Florida Department of Transportation is problems arise.

The two other Buc-ee’s in Florida are in Daytona Beach and in St. Augustine.

Buc-ee’s, the brainchild of Arch Aplin III, first opened in Texas in 1982, expanding throughout the state before expanding across the South, including in Florida in recent years.

The store offers numerous gas pumps, clean bathrooms, Beaver Nuggets (caramel popcorn), Texas-style brisket sandwiches, fresh jerky, T-shirts, hats, blankets, mugs and more.

Marion County commissioners are discussing the proposal at 2 p.m.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.